With the increase in rugged as well as outdoor devices; despite being very different areas of interest- “technology and nature” seem to have finally found a way to be together. These days we can see the advent of many such portable devices such as -waterproof cameras, rugged Bluetooth speakers, compact solar solutions to keep the technology powered while out in nature and so on. Though there are many individuals who may still be averse to the idea of using technology in nature, especially those who want to get away from it all; there are also many increasing number of individuals who want to enjoy the beauty of nature along with the convenience of technology. For instance instead of taking large number of books to read they would rather have an e-reader, or have a waterproof camera to capture all the incredible moments.
With a growing number of new rugged devices increasingly becoming popular and quickly entering the mainstream; we thought of listing below five such portable devices; which we believe are great for the nomad.
This A30 Military-Grade Portable External Hard Drive is built to handle constant on-the-go usage and is also amazingly quite affordable. The exterior edges are made of a shockproof silicone material that is generously padded on all corners and edges and can work equally well on both Mac and PC without the use of drivers. The devices comes with a 3 year manufacturer’s warranty besides meeting the United State Military’s strict MIL-STD-810G standards. The device can handle drops at up to 3 meters or 118 inches onto hard concrete and is available in 500 gigabyte, 1 terabyte, or 2 terabyte versions.
Silicon Power Armor A80
The device makes an excellent portable drive for travelers as well as to be used in the office or home. This external hard drive has been designed in compliance with the strict US Military MIL-STD-810F 516.5 procedures for drop-resistance and since it’s passed IEC529 IPX7 standards, it’s guaranteed to be waterproof for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water. Fully dependable and built to last, rain, moisture, dust, pressure, or accidental drops don’t have an effect on its reliability. The USB 3.0 cable provides great transfer rates Mac, Linux, and PCs, and a useful feature of the cable is that it’s always within reach since it’s stored along the edge of the drive. This drive too has a 3 year warranty and is available in 1 terabyte or 2 terabyte capacities.
Panasonic Toughbook 54
This Toughbook can withstand drops from up to three-foot altitudes, as well as spills, humidity, temperature shock and severe temperatures. In line with the Panasonic Toughbook range the Toughbook 54 too can easily disguise itself as a suitcase sporting a 14-inch screen. Unlike the other Toughbook models (Toughbook 31 weighing just below nine pounds) this one is not very bulky and barely tips the scales at 4.2 pounds in the “Lite,” standard configuration; plus 1.4 pounds lighter than Toughbook 53. It is surprisingly an inch thinner than most of its competitors in the market. The device assures 11-hour primary battery usage, with a secondary, optional unit capable of further 7 hours; and buyers have a choice to choose between Windows 7 Professional and 8.1 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has an IP rating of 68 which means it can handle all types of spills, splashes and dunks and it also water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. This phone is ideal for the adventurous type who love to go hiking every weekend and enjoy being around nature. The phone offers various other features such as a dual-pixel camera with SLR-inspired functions, a super-speedy quad-core processor, a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen and a long-lasting 3,000mAh battery.
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1
The Windows 10-based Panasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 features a drop rating of 1.8 metres and have also passed tumble test from 1 metre. The handset comes with the standard 3-year warranty and has an IP65 certification; hence can be immersed in 1 metre of water for 30 minutes without any changes occurring in its performance. Other features include angled rear barcode reader that allows the user to scan items, a glove enabled and sunlight adaptive display with rain sensing mode. The device sports 16GB inbuilt storage and also support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB); along with dual-SIM functionality. It has an 8-megapixel rear with LED flash as well as 5-megapixel front camera; and a 3200mAh battery.